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Apical aneurysm or transient apical ballooning? Potential dilemma in risk stratification of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  1. Kenan Yalta1,
  2. Muhammet Gurdogan1,
  3. Orkide Palabiyik2
  1. 1 Cardiology, Trakya Universitesi, Edirne, Turkey
  2. 2 Health Services Vocational College, Trakya Universitesi, Edirne, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Professor Kenan Yalta, cardiology, Trakya Universitesi, Edirne 22030, Turkey; kyalta{at}gmail.com

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To the Editor

Left ventricular apical aneurysm (LVAA) formation in the setting of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) usually appears to be associated with a significant midventricular obstruction and is potentially associated with adverse cardiovascular events.1 In their recently published article,1 Ramchand et al have suggested LVAA as a major risk marker in this setting. Though we fully agree with the authors on this point, we would like to draw attention to certain other conditions, including transient left ventricular apical ballooning that might strongly mimick LVAA, leading to a potential misdiagnosis in patients with HCM.

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